At Stein Eriksen Lodge, we draw guests from around the world to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, relax, and unwind in our traditional European ski lodge. We are so proud of the guest experience this mountain oasis offers, but we are equally proud of our behind the scenes sustainability practices. We blend classic time-honored tradition with modern conveniences, and environmentally-minded strategies. We are seeing great strides across all departments, but would especially like to applaud the efforts of our food and beverage department. Our Vice President of Food and Beverage Operations and Corporate Chef, Zane Holmquist, and his expert culinary team, strive to take an innovative, resourceful, and forward-thinking approach to all their daily practices. Their efforts prove that sustainable luxury dining is not only a possibility, but a reality here at the Lodge.
LOCAL & ARTISAN: In support of local farmers and artisan producers, we source much of our food from right here in Utah. We work with more than sixty local and regional small family farms and producers including dairy/creameries, egg/meat/salami producers, brewers, distillers, and wine makers. Our philosophy is to source products as close to the property as possible, while still requiring the highest quality. We have personal relationships and partnerships with our vendors, some for over twenty years. In addition, we use a number of renowned national vendors that are on the cutting edge of sustainability and environmental and social consciousness including: The Chef’s Garden, Browne Trading, Honolulu Seafood, Niman Ranch, RR Ranch, and Snake River Farms. We use Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch when selecting seafood.
SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES: In addition to our food-sourcing practices, we have implemented new technology to help meet our sustainability goals. We have replaced more than 80% of our back of the house lighting with environmentally friendly LED lighting and 70% of our culinary equipment has five-star energy ratings. We work closely with a company called EcoLab, which is the global leader in water and energy technologies and services. All of our dishwashing equipment is high temperature, low chemical, low water units, upgraded on a three-year cycle to the newest and most efficient pieces. The hood and ventilation systems have temperature or particulate controls to reduce energy usage when hoods are not requiring additional draw.
REDUCING FOOD WASTE: We have a number of internal programs to reduce waste and overproduction that have a significant impact on spoilage and wasted food, including cross-utilizing foods from guest events into our team member cafeteria. We balance the needs and expectations of our high-end clientele with a socially conscious and planned manner, maintaining a discreet presence of these philosophies while providing a luxury dining experience.
RECYCLING PROGRAMS: We also have a number of recycling programs across all departments, including aluminum, plastics, cardboard, paper, office paper, and glass. Within food and beverage, we have a program to recycle pallets and a program for kitchen grease byproducts primarily from our fryers. Our vendor recycles some into bio-diesel, and some is processed into heavy oil lubricant. We take excess food product to our local Christian Center for community disbursement through their outreach programs.
Next time you decide to treat yourself at one of our mid-mountain dining establishments, you can rest assured that we are doing our part to make sustainable and eco-friendly choices every day. Visit us at any of our award-winning onsite restaurants.
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Troll Hallen Lounge
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Cena Ristorante & Lounge *
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* 7-8-8-0 Club and Cena Ristorante & Lounge will close for a short period on April 9, 2018, then re-open for summer operations later in the year.
In celebration of the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games happening now, we’d like to highlight a local non-profit organization that empowers athletes of all abilities right here in Park City. The National Ability Center is one of our favorite organizations because they inspire athletes to do extraordinary things every day. Through more than a dozen adaptive recreational programs, they foster self-esteem, confidence, and lifelong skills in every participant who seeks to challenge themselves and their capabilities.
Time and again, we’ve witnessed the incredible impact the NAC has had on our community and around the world.
One of our very own former Stein Eriksen Lodge team members, Jeffery Denny, utilized their rehabilitation program when he suffered a ski injury that cost him his right leg from the knee down. Jeffery’s incredible attitude, paired with the NAC’s dedication to personalized recovery efforts, allowed him to return to the slopes and the sport he loves.
Jeffery described his experience, “I feel like for every horrible thing that’s happened, a hundred or more positive things have come out of it just because of the attitude I took… Life is good.”
Each year, it’s a great privilege to partake in the annual fundraising event, Red, White and Snow, in support of athletes like Jeffery who push themselves despite seemingly impossible odds. Stein Eriksen Lodge hosts several events, including Uncorked, an intimate wine tasting, and a Vintner Dinner, underwritten by our food and beverage department and specially prepared by our celebrated Chef Zane Holmquist.
This year, the NAC is excited to support eleven athletes set to compete in the Paralympic Games, including:
*designates sighted guides
Stein Eriksen once said, “If I’ve helped anyone to want to ski on the mountain, I’m delighted.”
The National Ability Center does that every day. Tune in to the PyeongChang Paralympic Games through March 18th, and be sure to look for the local Park City athletes who trained tirelessly with the NAC to be there representing our town and our country.
All photos courtesy of the National Ability Center.
The group shot features competitors and volunteers at the recent 29th Annual Huntsman Cup.
Snowboarder is Noah Elliot. Photographer is Jerome Kuntz.
Skier is Santiago Vega. Photographer is Dave Obzansky.